Lynn Whited (whited@ASTROSUN.TN.CORNELL.EDU)
Tue, 20 Sep 1994 10:00:31 EDT
I don't have an opinion on the BSA requirements for swimming (I don't even
know what they are :) ) However, I do have a suggestion for the non -
swimmer. As Chris (I think) stated what he needs is to work on his strokes
and practice, then practice some more. My daughter has been "swimming"
since she was 3, but she was never an accomplished swimmer. By the time
she was 11 she wanted to start participating in GSUSA programs that
required an Red Cross Intermediate card, or to be able to pass a swim test.
Well, she was still only an Advanced Beginnner, her strokes were very weak,
and she sank like a stone when she tried to float. Our local YMCA has a
spring Swim Team Sampler. Those intersted in the team may join for a
month after the Spring season ends, before the summer starts, to see if
the swim team is something they are really interested in. Well the Y was
recruiting my younger daughter to be on the team. While I was signing Caryl
up for the months session, Bri asked if she could go also. Bri, wanted to
learn to swim better, all the lessons in world were not helping her. So
I signed her up for the Sampler also. In that one month, Brianne learned to
swim (now at age 13 she is an advanced swimmer), and Caryl learned she did
not have the dedication to be on the swim team. I think the biggest difference,
in Brianne learning, was that on the swim team, she was getting a lot of help
with her stroke, and she was swimming a lot of laps. In lessons, they would
demonstrate the stroke, help her to get it approximately correct , then let
her swim a few laps practicing it. Anyway, my point being, if the boy
really wants to learn to swim, maybe he could see if his local Y has a similar
Just a thought...
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